What To Expect
Right in the center of the humid pampa, on the banks of the Areco stream, bordered by a lovely riverside promenade, there stands one of the most ancient and traditional settlements in the Province of Buenos Aires: San Antonio de Areco.
Located 113 km away from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, this picturesque town is the best to convey the charm of gaucho life and customs. Founded under the protection of a chapel inaugurated by don José Ruiz de Arellano in 1730, it has had the wisdom to maintain the singular architectural lines of the colonial and Renaissance buildings of the XIX century, in spite of the passing of time.
An historical estancia (ranch) just over an hour's drive from downtown Buenos Aires, El Ombú de Areco Ranch is located in San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition. The late-Colonial style mansion, built in 1880 by Lieutenant-general Pablo Riccheri, offers visitors a magnificent setting for an unforgettable stay.
In the cozy and commodious dining-room, facing a large hearth, guests are treated to a wide selection of international or creole cuisine served with local wines. No stay will pass without at least one asado, the typical Argentinean barbeque of the world's finest beef raised free-range on the estancia.
In the summertime lunch is served al fresco in the shadow of the great ombú. Drinks and snacks are available at any hour and, of course, guests are always welcome to share the famous Argentine maté.
The One-Day Visit gives guests the chance to immerse themselves as much as they wish in the life of a working estancia, dedicated mainly to raising Hereford and Aberdeen Angus Stock.
Guests are welcome to observe and take part in the various stock-rearing activities as they happen on the ranch: milking, driving cattle to harness, vaccination, ear-tagging, de-horning, branding, etc.
Guests can explore the 300-hectare (ca 750 acre) estancia on foot or, accompanied by seasoned gauchos, on one of the 38 horses that are part of the working drove. Horse drawn carriages are also available. Those that want to learn some of the thousand species of Argentinean birds are provided binoculars and guide books.
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.
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